Best of the Web for Windows Users – 16 - 22 September 2013

This week, Microsoft decided to bring back full retail Windows versions once with the launch of Windows 8.1, while statements by the head of the Operating Systems Division reiterated once again that the company is working on unifying their app ecosystem. The Xbox One won't support virtual orientation because of its slot loading drive. Bing will be getting a fresh new look and a preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 is now available for download. The Verge looked at Microsoft's shift from a traditional software maker business model to a devices and services model, and compares its future to a mix of Apple, Google and Microsoft. For links to these stories and more, check out this week's round-up.

The Best Tech Related News

First, the most interesting news of the week about Microsoft and its products:

Windows 8.1 brings back full retail versions as Windows SKUs change again - Full retail versions are back with Windows 8.1 after previously being scrapped during the launch of Windows 8. The packages will be full, supported retail copies, suitable for installation on systems without an operating system at all, as well as for use within virtual machines.

Microsoft working on unified app platform across its operating systems - Terry Myerson, recently named head of Microsoft's operating systems division, shared that Microsoft is working toward a common application platform for all its operating systems. The ambitious goal to have the same operating system for all devices and one development process for all Microsoft devices will come true sooner than you think.

Microsoft on Xbox One vertical orientation: "Do it at your own risk" - The Xbox One won't support vertical orientation because of its slot loading drive and positioning inside the device.

Bing gets a new logo and modern design to take on Google - Bing will soon have a new visual identity, switching to a more modern logo and design. It is so much better than the recent Yahoo! logo fiasco. That's because real designers have created it and not the CEO of the company. :)

Microsoft looks to Apple and Google to reinvent itself - The Verge looked at the impact of Microsoft's restructuring and its move from a traditional software maker business model to a devices and services business model.

IE11 Release Preview for Windows 7: 30% Faster than Other Browsers and Even More Support for Web Standards - A preview release of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 is now available for download! See what improvements it brings in this blog entry.

The Best Tech Tips & Guides

Here are some useful tips and tricks from our friends in the IT blogosphere:

My RAM sticks got wet, can I still use them? - If you've ever had an accident of this type, find out if your RAM can still be used or should go straight to the bin.

Stay the course with these top Windows Phone navigation apps - Windows Phone Central rounded up the top navigation apps for Windows Phone users and gave detailed instructions on how to use them.

Why Secure File Deletion Tools Aren't Foolproof - Looking at software that claims to securely delete your files, How-To Geek found them wanting and offered more permanent deletion solutions.

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